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72 Yantai Throughput: 1,401,100teu


(-8.5%)


While throughput declined by 130,400teu year-on-year, Yantai climbed three places in the Top 100 and still has an appetite to grow. The port has planned investments of Rmb2.5bn


(US$368.6m) in 2010, which will fund the construction of 10 terminals of 50,000 to 100,000 tonnes, seven of 100,000 to 150,000 tonnes and one 200,000-tonne terminal. The massive expansion project includes several 20,000


to 70,000-tonne container berths to be built in Zhifu Bay, the main box handling port area at Yantai. In addition, a 50,000-tonne general cargo berth, a


50,000-tonne oil terminal and several 70,000 to 200,000- tonne bulk terminals will be added to the West Port


district, a 50,000-tonne and a 100,000-tonne general cargo berths will boost the Longkou district and a 100,000-tonne general cargo terminal will appear in the Penglai district. Yantai is also constructing four deep-water


seaways totalling 562km and a 73sq km anchorage. In addition, a Rmb550m passenger-car terminal is being built on the north end of Qingnian Road where the passenger terminal is expected to be ready in 2012. Meanwhile, the 588km Delongyan railway is being built


to link Yantai with four cities in northern Shandong province – Dezhou, Binzhou, Weifang and Dongying – as well as other parts of the nation. The railway can reduce the transit time from Yantai to Beijing from 14 hours to less than six. Yantai’s throughput target for 2010 is 1.5m teu.


It handled 121,700teu in January 2010, up 47.3% on the same month last year.


73 Southampton Throughput: 1,400,000teu*


(-18.1%)


The UK’s second largest box port saw a sharp decline in 2009, handling an estimated 310,000teu fewer containers than the previous year. As well as declining trade due to the economic recession, the port suffered from shipping lines rationalising their Northern European port calls. DP World Southampton faced further difficulties in


July 2009, when another quayside gantry crane collapsed during vessel operations. This followed a gantry collapse in January 2008. However, the latest accident had only a minor impact on operations as demand for berths was already down. The port is currently upgrading its quayside capabilities by deepening its container berths and purchasing further


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STS gantry cranes. Berths 205, 206 and 207 will be dredged to 14, 14.6 and 15 metres respectively, with works due for completion later this year. The terminal operator said that the deeper berths will


provide greater flexibility for vessels calling at southern UK port, with almost 80% of the terminal’s quay providing a minimum depth of 14 metres alongside. DP World Southampton has also placed an order


with Killarney, Ireland-based Liebherr Container Cranes for two additional super post-panamax gantries. Once the cranes are commissioned, half the terminal’s quayside crane fleet will be of super post-panamax design. In June last year, the operator commissioned its first


two hybrid Kalmar straddle carriers. A supercapacitor energy storage system provides 25-30% fuel savings and reduces CO2 emissions by 50 tonnes per straddle carrier per year.


*estimated by Cargo Systems August 2010


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